|TORONTO ( BUEHRLE )|
TEXAS ( GRIMM )
|919||TORONTO||+125||Ov 10,-110||+125||Ov 9.5,-105|
|920||TEXAS||-135||Un 10,-110||-135||Un 9.5,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||23-25||-0.4||24-23||4.5||0.245||0.316||4.6||0.251||0.317|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4||3-4||4.9||0.236||0.302||3.7||0.221||0.285|
|vs Left-handed Starters||13-8||+3.2||7-14||4.7||0.271||0.343||3.5||0.236||0.293|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.6||1-6||3.0||0.213||0.289||4.3||0.218||0.282|
|5/31/2013||JENKINS(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||3-4||L||110||8.5 ov||U||12||10||3||9||9||0|
|6/1/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||ERLIN(L)||3-4||L||-120||8 ev||U||11||8||1||12||9||0|
|6/2/2013||ORTIZ(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||VOLQUEZ(R)||7-4||W||120||8.5 un||O||15||10||0||7||7||1|
|6/4/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)||1-2||L||100||7.5 un||U||5||2||2||6||5||0|
|6/5/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)||4-0||W||100||7.5 un||U||8||6||0||2||3||0|
|6/10/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||AXELROD(R)||6-10||L||-125||8.5 un||O||13||12||2||15||8||0|
|6/11/2013||WANG(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||QUINTANA(L)||7-5||W||110||9.5 ev||O||13||9||0||11||6||3|
|6/13/2013||ROGERS(R)||@ TEXAS||DARVISH(R)||3-1||W||215||9 ov||U||4||4||0||6||4||1|
|6/14/2013||BUEHRLE(L)||@ TEXAS||GRIMM(R)|| |
|6/15/2013||DICKEY(R)||@ TEXAS||LINDBLOM(R)|| |
|6/16/2013||JOHNSON(R)||@ TEXAS||HOLLAND(L)|| |
|6/17/2013||WANG(R)||COLORADO||DE LA ROSA(L)|| |
|6/21/2013|| ||BALTIMORE|| || |
|5/31/2013||HOLLAND(L)||KANSAS CITY||DAVIS(R)||7-2||W||-225||9.5 un||U||14||8||1||9||6||0|
|6/1/2013||TEPESCH(R)||KANSAS CITY||SHIELDS(R)||1-4||L||-125||9 un||U||6||7||1||11||11||1|
|6/2/2013||DARVISH(R)||KANSAS CITY||SANTANA(R)||3-1||W||-205||8 un||U||6||3||0||5||8||2|
|6/4/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ BOSTON||DEMPSTER(R)||5-17||L||130||9 ov||O||9||7||2||19||7||0|
|6/5/2013||OGANDO(R)||@ BOSTON||LACKEY(R)||3-2||W||115||9 ev||U||7||6||0||5||8||0|
|6/6/2013||HOLLAND(L)||@ BOSTON||LESTER(L)||3-6||L||125||8.5 ev||O||10||9||0||13||10||0|
|6/7/2013||TEPESCH(R)||@ TORONTO||ROGERS(R)||1-6||L||105||9.5 un||U||4||3||0||6||2||0|
|6/8/2013||DARVISH(R)||@ TORONTO||BUEHRLE(L)||3-4||L||-145||8.5 un||U||10||17||3||15||16||1|
|6/9/2013||GRIMM(R)||@ TORONTO||JOHNSON(R)||6-4||W||130||9 un||O||9||7||1||6||8||2|
|6/21/2013|| ||@ ST LOUIS|| || |
|TORONTO: HITTING: SS YUNEL ESCOBAR brings a little pop and could score runs in bunches atop a solid lineup. OF JOSE BAUTISTA has simply been the best hitter in baseball the past two seasons. 1B ADAM LIND will have plenty of RBI chances, but his average stinks and he faded late last year. 3B BRETT LAWRIE will be a 30-30 candidate in his prime and he's a solid slugger already. Expect big power numbers but a painful average in C J.P. ARENCIBIA's sophomore season. OF COLBY RASMUS should have his head right this year and could see an uptick in power numbers. 2B KELLY JOHNSON improved his dreadful average after being traded to Toronto. He has great potential as a 20-20 candidate. DH EDWIN ENCARNACION raked at home last season and has the position flexibility to stay in the lineup every day. OF ERIC THAMES will start in left field. Thames has 15-15 potential. OF RAJAI DAVIS' speed makes him worthy of staying in the fourth outfielder role. |
STARTING PITCHING: He's not really an ace, but RICKY ROMERO is a solid innings-eater at the front of the Jays' staff. He's a low-risk, low-reward starting pitcher. BRANDON MORROW's talent is intriguing. His mid-90s heat and deceptive slider lead to huge strikeout tallies, but also leads to a lot of gopher balls. Questionable conditioning was an issue for BRETT CECIL last year, as he gave up a whopping 37 HR between the majors and Triple-A. He seemed to straighten things out over the second half of last season. HENDERSON ALVAREZ's performance as a 21-year-old gives him an inside track for a rotation spot. He has intriguing upside. DUSTIN McGOWAN returned in September from a 38-month layoff to put himself in the mix for the rotation. His mid-90s gas is still there, giving him 175-K potential. KYLE DRABEK has great potential, but he was a disaster in 2011. He could not command his promising arsenal of pitches, and broke down mentally at times.
RELIEF PITCHING: SERGIO SANTOS has unhittable stuff, but will have to battle newcomer FRANCISCO CORDERO as Toronto's closer. Cordero's strikeout rate dropped down to a putrid 5.4 K/9 last year, but he showed great command with a stellar 1.02 WHIP. CASEY JANSSEN was Toronto's most improved pitcher in 2011. He has a sinking fastball, a pretty good K rate and performed quite well against the AL East last season. Prospect JOEL CARRENO, a starter in the minors, is a closer-in-waiting. He was impressive out of the pen after a late-August call-up, and averaged better than a strikeout per inning, albeit with shaky control, in the minors.
|TEXAS: HITTING: 2B IAN KINSLER will lead off again. A few less at-'em balls and he's an MVP candidate. SS ELVIS ANDRUS is coming along offensively, but his poor SB% could lead to fewer attempts. Injuries are the only thing that will keep OF JOSH HAMILTON out of the MVP discussion. He'll likely start declining at age 35, but DH MICHAEL YOUNG can't help but put up numbers batting cleanup in this lineup. 3B ADRIAN BELTRE was unstoppable in Arlington. Like Hamilton, he's an MVP candidate if healthy. Injuries are piling up for OF NELSON CRUZ, who still has monster power but doesn't run as much anymore. C MIKE NAPOLI is MLB's best offensive catcher and will play some 1B on 'off' days. Because their lineup is stacked, Texas can play defensive-minded/offensively limited 1B MITCH MORELAND. And because Ron Washington would prefer to play Hamilton in left, speedy CF CRAIG GENTRY looks to have the edge over DAVID MURPHY for the starting job in center. Cuban import LEONYS MARTIN will start the season in Triple-A, but JULIO BORBON could earn a significant OF role. |
STARTING PITCHING: COLBY LEWIS can overpower when he's on, but as a flyball pitcher in cozy Arlington he's going to have a handful of ugly days. The much-ballyhooed YU DARVISH brings a deep arsenal of pitches and a durable frame from Japan. He's probably the best Japanese arm to ever cross the Pacific. Lefty MATT HARRISON solidified his rotation spot. He has topped out as a respectable No. 3-type starter. DEREK HOLLAND has top-of-the-rotation upside. Consistency has been an issue, but hopefully another year and some big postseason moments helped to cure that. The big story is NEFTALI FELIZ moving to the rotation. He was considered a future ace in the minors, but the transition might not be easy. His K/BB ratio plummeted last year and his flyball tendencies could spell disaster in Arlington. Keep in mind the Rangers made a successful closer-to-ace switch with C.J. Wilson. Top prospect MARTIN PEREZ could be an option in the second half.
RELIEF PITCHING: Veteran JOE NATHAN was brought in and handed the closer's job. He struggled in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, but most pitchers who've had the procedure don't come all the way back until their second full season. If Nathan falters, MIKE ADAMS could be next in line. He had no trouble transitioning from pitcher-friendly San Diego in the National League to hitter-friendly Arlington and the A.L.'s superior bats. KOJI UEHARA would also be in the closer discussion if Nathan falters, but he was unhappy about being traded from Baltimore and faltered for the Rangers late last year. ALEXI OGANDO got a huge boost from his defense and his bullpen before a late-season collapse. He threw by far a career-high in innings; better stamina would allow him to take the next step and possibly rejoin the rotation.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (TORONTO-TEXAS) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Blue Jays-Rangers Preview* ===========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Toronto (28-36) at Texas (38-27), 8:05 p.m. EDT
A lack of offense once again has the Texas Rangers mired in another rough stretch.
The Rangers hope to improve at the plate when they look to avoid extending their season-high home skid to four games Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Texas (38-28) has scored five runs, three on homers, while matching a season high with three straight losses overall. Losers in 11 of 17, the Rangers have batted .222 and struck out 61 times while losing six of eight to fall two games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West.
The Rangers wasted another strong outing Thursday from ace Yu Darvish, who allowed one run, three hits and struck out nine over seven innings of a series-opening 3-1 loss to Toronto (29-36).
"I'm not amazed," said Darvish, who is 0-1 despite a 2.08 ERA in his last five starts. "This is baseball. Anything can happen.
"Some games you get a lot of run support. Others you don't. I'm not really surprised by it."
Nelson Cruz homered and had two of the six hits Thursday for the Rangers, who managed little against the Blue Jays' Esmil Rogers in his third start of the season.
Cruz is batting .353 (6 for 17) with two doubles, two homers and four RBIs in five games. However, Adrian Beltre is 2 for 13 without an RBI in the last four games and David Murphy is 4 for 37 (.108) in his last 10.
Potentially making matters worse, the Rangers could be without center fielder Leonys Martin after he sprained his left wrist trying to make a diving catch on Edwin Encarnacion's tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning Thursday. He's considered day to day after X-rays came back negative.
"Just hurts a little bit, but I don't think it's too serious," Martin said through a translator. "I had to run a lot and unfortunately, it was a great hit and I didn't get it."
Texas could have a tough time getting back on track against scheduled starter Mark Buehrle (2-4, 5.06 ERA), who is 12-5 with a 3.16 ERA in 18 starts against the Rangers and 5-2 with a 3.35 ERA in seven at Arlington. The left-hander allowed a solo homer to Jeff Baker and three other hits through the first seven innings of Toronto's 4-3, 18-inning home victory over Texas on Saturday.
Though Buehrle is 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA in seven home starts, he's 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in six on the road in 2013.
The Blue Jays have won two in a row and five of seven.
Encarnacion has batted .327 with 30 of his 55 RBIs in his last 27 games.
He went 1 for 3 on Sunday off scheduled Texas starter Justin Grimm (5-4, 5.25), who yielded four runs in the third inning and walked three over 5 2-3 frames while not factoring in the decision of a 6-4 win at Toronto.
After giving up 12 runs in 7 1-3 innings of his last two starts, both on the road, the right-hander should be glad to return home where he's 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA in 2013.
|Last Updated: 9/30/2014 4:56:51 PM EST|